Weight watchers and slimming world-Worlds most obvious scam?

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Is it? I mean you pay to go to a meeting for the club that tells you to buy their products. They also condone snacking as part of a weight loss diet if, and only if, you snack on their products. They even put out magazines showing weight loss storys but no one ever seems to stop going to the meetings (or lose any weight). I have a feeling that there is a corporate fat cat in his office somewhere laughing his head of, whilst raking in big money, from something that is possibly one of the most obvious scams in Britian. Your thoughts?
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13,404 posts and youve only been here a few months


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I agree OP. Although I think group activities are good for social cohesion, there are better group activities than this - gym classes, sports clubs, running clubs, hell even knitting.
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A clean calorie controlled diet is better than weightwatchers.

The group element is a plus.
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Eh, no, that would be bottled water....
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Eh, no, that would be bottled water....
How? Bottled water tastes way better than tap.
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How? Bottled water tastes way better than tap.
The UK has some of the best drinking water on tap in the world, of course this might vary depending on where you stay but in the UK tap water is tested under much more rigorous standards than bottled water, not to mention that bottled water only adds to the heaping mounds of plastic in landfills or worse in the sea. Why not just fill up a reusable bottle?

Of course, thats just my opinion, and everyone has their own tastes and preferences but It all tastes the same to me tbh...
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I know several people who have lost weight through WeightWatchers.
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I only like tap water if I filter it. Which is still better than wasting money and contributing to landfill by buying bottled water. Brita filters ftw

I agree with the OP in reference to Slimming World, but I think for Weight Watchers it's a little different - there are WW products on the market, and you *can* use them as part of the weight loss plan, but you don't *have* to, which can't really be said for SW. WW gives you a 'points calculator' so that you can 'convert' normal food into WW points and there may even be a conversion booklet as well. At least the WW plan is normal - SW has all kinds of weird things like shakes and only eating certain colour foods on certain days. Weird.
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(Original post by catbee)
The UK has some of the best drinking water on tap in the world, of course this might vary depending on where you stay but in the UK tap water is tested under much more rigorous standards than bottled water, not to mention that bottled water only adds to the heaping mounds of plastic in landfills or worse in the sea. Why not just fill up a reusable bottle?

Of course, thats just my opinion, and everyone has their own tastes and preferences but It all tastes the same to me tbh...
Quite right although admittedly I stay in Glasgow too and apparently our water's much better than the water down south.

Anyway, I don't know if it is a scam. My mum lost a fair amount of weight through Slimming World or something, and there were a few people in the group that had lost stones.
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(Original post by New...Romantic)
Quite right although admittedly I stay in Glasgow too and apparently our water's much better than the water down south.
I live in the deep south, the tap is just as good as any bottled I can assure you.

(Original post by New...Romantic)
Anyway, I don't know if it is a scam. My mum lost a fair amount of weight through Slimming World or something, and there were a few people in the group that had lost stones.
It isn't a scam, they aren't making you pay for a product/service you're not receiving and/or isn't providing the results you'd expect. It is just a gimmick and plays on people's insecurities. Anyone with a bit if initiative would raid the local library and do a bit of google scouring, find out everything they need to know and do, for free.

People are lazy, they want results with the minimum of effort, going on an extreme diet for a short period of time rather than adopting a long term healthy lifestyle is what they want, not to have to eat lots of whole, healthy food and not to have to regularly work out intensely.
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(Original post by Angelil)

I agree with the OP in reference to Slimming World, but I think for Weight Watchers it's a little different - there are WW products on the market, and you *can* use them as part of the weight loss plan, but you don't *have* to, which can't really be said for SW. WW gives you a 'points calculator' so that you can 'convert' normal food into WW points and there may even be a conversion booklet as well. At least the WW plan is normal - SW has all kinds of weird things like shakes and only eating certain colour foods on certain days. Weird.
1. The only slimming world branded food that exists are their cereal bars.
2. Slimming world does not have shakes at all (maybe you're thinking of slim fast) and has absolutely nothing to do with the colours of foods.

I like slimming world, it's hardly an extreme diet as you can eat as much as you like of certain things and I've seen people have fantastic weight losses following Slimming World, myself being one of them.
I do exercise too so I'm not lazy, I just needed some help with learning to eat healthily, which is basically what Slimming World promotes.

If it works, and helps people lose weight and become healthier where if they did nothing their lives could be in danger, how can it be a scam?
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I agree with you Lisaane, I recommend Slimming World too, have successfully lost weight following their plan, no gimmicks, lots of the right type of food. Somehow, knowing that you have paid and that the leader is checking your weight each week keeps you on the straight and narrow...it's when you stop going, it all seems to go horribly wrong and those bad habits creep in... Boredom eating, snacking in front of TV etc
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(Original post by Lisaanne)
1. The only slimming world branded food that exists are their cereal bars.
2. Slimming world does not have shakes at all (maybe you're thinking of slim fast) and has absolutely nothing to do with the colours of foods.
My bad, I was definitely thinking of SlimFast apparently.
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(Original post by catbee)
Why not just fill up a reusable bottle?
With what? Tap water? (which does not taste as nice as bottled)

When I drink bottled - I drink more water.
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13,404 posts and youve only been here a few months


christ almighty someones sad!


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He hasn't made that many posts - look at his profile under "Location", and then look at his "Total Post" count.
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(Original post by Tufts)
With what? Tap water? (which does not taste as nice as bottled)
Well Tufts, thats your opinion, which you are obviously entitled to, likewise, I'm entitled to mine... :rolleyes:
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FILTERED tap water Tufts. The filter will more than pay for itself compared to the amount you must spend on bottled water. Gosh, you must have an awful lot of disposable income - I can think of far better things to blow my cash on than bottled water.
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I've lost 3 stone on slimming world, yes its pricey, but I can't do it on my own.
I like knowing that someone else is going to know how much i've lost or heaven forbid gained.
Weight watchers is a load of rubbish though.
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(Original post by Angelil)
FILTERED tap water Tufts. The filter will more than pay for itself compared to the amount you must spend on bottled water. Gosh, you must have an awful lot of disposable income - I can think of far better things to blow my cash on than bottled water.
Tried it. Britter or some pish.

Anyway at Morrinsons you can buy a huge 6 litres of bottled water for 70p!
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